A solar event will allow for a rare viewing of the Northern Lights across parts of the United States again on Monday night.
Moreover, the sighting of the Aurora may be more common for rare areas over the next couple of years.
"A medium strength CME occurred on Saturday and it is expected to reach the Earth Monday night," according to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist and Astronomy Blogger Mark Paquette.
"A CME, or a coronal mass ejection, is a burst of energy that is released from the sun's surface," explained Paquette.
Spacweather.com reports that the CME could trigger a geomagnetic storm when it arrives on Monday, making the Aurora visible to high latitudes.
This photo of the Northern Lights was captured in Beavercreek, Ohio, which is located east of Dayton, at 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 24, 2011. It was submitted by AccuWeather.com Facebook Fan Joseph L.
"A key point with the Northern Lights is that the CME need to be pointed at the Earth. A super strong one will cause NO Northern Lights if it is not released at the Earth," Paquette added.
The current CME appears like it is aimed directly at the Earth, a promising sign for avid skywatchers and anyone looking for a beautiful light show.
"This Northern Lights event will not be as widespread as the one that occurred a month or so ago," cautioned Paquette. The aurora was sighted as far south as Georgia with a solar flare that occurred on Oct. 24, 2011.
However, communities across the northern tier from Washington to the northern Great Lakes and northern New England might be able to see the light show.
The higher frequency of aurora sightings in uncommon areas, such as the U.S., can be explained by increased solar activity with the sun entering into a busier state.
Skywatchers may wonder how long this increased activity will last. Paquette says, "In the next two years or so, the sun should be busy and could allow for more CME's and solar flares and thus could cause Northern Lights more frequently."
This graph from NASA shows that the sunspot cycle has been entering into active state in 2011. The sunspot cycle peaks in activity approximately every 10-11 years; however, it is not a hard and fast time period.
The coldest air since April will blast into the Eastern states and will shock parts of the South this weekend.
A storm riding a blast of cold air will unleash heavy snow on the central and southern Appalachians Saturday and will turn toward part of New England by Sunday.
After developing Thursday, Tropical Storm Vance continues to churn over the waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean
Rain will finally make a return to drought-stricken California by the weekend with rain reaching all the way down into Southern California.
While daylight saving time was primarily started in the United States for the sake of conserving energy, some argue that is not the case anymore.
While a storm system will continue to bring much needed rain to the drought-stricken West, San Francisco will see drier weather early in the new week.
New England (1716)
Dark day in New England - Rev. Mather sent account to Royal Society.
East Coast (1861)
Hatteras hurricane battered Union fleet attacking Carolina ports; storm later raised high tides, winds in New York & New England. A severe autumn storm moved out of the Southern Rockies into the central Plains leaving heavy snows, flooding rains and zero-degree cold. A total of 6 inches of snow fell in Denver. More than 10 inches of rain in three days pushed Hickory Creek out of its banks in the Neosho area of southwestern Missouri. The mercury dropped to near zero in the mountains of Arizona and New Mexico where snows measured a foot and a half deep.
A wintry storm dumped from 6 to 12 inches of snow on Montana and fanned out into surrounding states.